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Record Number: 17306
Displayed from: Sep 27, 2018 , until: Nov 27, 2018

Blessings in a Backpack, the locally supported nutrition program that provides food for students each weekend, is expanding to Study Elementary School this year. This is the first expansion of the program since 2012, when Abbett Elementary School was added. Students from Abbett. Adams, Fairfield and South Wayne elementary schools continue to benefit from the weekend food program, which began at FWCS in 2007. With the addition of Study’s nearly 300 students, Blessings in a Backpack will serve approximately 2,000 children in FWCS.

“The Fort Wayne community continues to demonstrate its generosity and support for our students,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “Many factors contribute to successfully educating all students to high standards, and ensuring that their nutritional needs are met is fundamental. We truly appreciate the additional funding that allowed Study to be added to Blessings in a Backpack.”

Support from the Zollner Corporation, the Community Foundation and the PNC general trust, in addition to continuing support from Parkview, Sodexo, the Rifkin family, Elevatus Architecture and other community donors, led to expanding the program to Study.

“It is gratifying to add Study to the Blessings family,” said Kryste Wallen, Executive Director of Northeast Indiana Blessings in a Backpack. “Eventually we would love to feed all children in need, and this addition shows significant progress toward that goal.”

More information about the Blessings in a Backpack program can be found at


With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.